Parliament Passes Amended Election Law
[Deutsche Welle]Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo has passed a new election law after contentious provisions ordering a pre-election census were removed. The previous version had caused deadly protests.
Fear and Loathing in the DRC
[ISS]It's been the primary topic of political talk in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for at least two years: the question of how President Joseph Kabila will engineer a third mandate for himself. The constitution that he and his party championed in 2006 clearly limits presidents to two terms and Article 221, which states this, is expressly reserved from any kind of constitutional review.
UN Human Rights Office Urges Probe Into Excessive Use of Force in Protests
[UN News]The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed alarm at the apparent excessive use of force by security officers against demonstrators in Democratic Republic of the Congo cities Kinshasa and Goma, and called for "a thorough and independent investigation" into the matter.
In the UN's Gun Sights - One of DRC's Most Infamous Rebel Groups
[IRIN]Nairobi -In the coming days a specialist offensive unit of the UN's military mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is expected to launch operations, together with the Congolese army, against a rebel group that has caused havoc in the east of the country for the past 20 years.
Tunisia Head Into DR Congo Clash As Favourites
[allAfrica]Tunisia need just a draw to ensure a place in the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup but say they will be going for the win against DR Congo in Bata on Monday.
FDLR Disarmament Delays - Another Untold Story
[Fahamu]The deadline for disarmament of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) has passed without the Congo-based rebel group surrendering. The FDLR's future is uncertain, but there are a number of reasons why these anti-Kagame rebels are reluctant to disarm.
Why Dr. Denis Mukwege Should Not Join the DRC Politics
[Fahamu]On 26 November 2014 the celebrated Congolese medic received yet another international accolade. Following this prestigious recognition, Congolese intellectuals and political observers are wondering whether Dr. Mukwege should join politics. Instead, he should contribute to strengthening the Congolese civil society.
Halt Unlawful Shootings, Arrests
[HRW]Kinshasa -The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has used unlawful and excessive force to crack down on protests since January 19, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The demonstrators were protesting proposed changes to the electoral law that many Congolese believed would permit President Joseph Kabila to stay in office beyond his mandated two-term limit.
DRC Sanate Rejects Kabila Proposal to Extend His Rule
[News of Rwanda]DRCongo senate Friday Morning thwarted President Joseph Kabila's extended rule plans, unanimously voting 'NO'.
Statement of the International Envoys to the Great Lakes Region On the Situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
[PR Newswire]Brussels -The Team of International Envoys for the Great Lakes region express their deep concern about recent violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). They further express their deepest condolences to the families of the victims. The Envoys call on the Government to exercise restraint, to maintain open political space and allow for peaceful expression of opinion. The Envoys condemn any use of force against peaceful, unarmed demonstrators and arbitrary arrests. The Envoys further note that all citizens
Federal Foreign Office On the Unrest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
[PR Newswire]Berlin -A Federal Foreign Office spokesperson issued the following statement on 21 January on the unrest following parliamentary deliberations on a new electoral law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
AU Should Mediate to End Violent DRC Protests
[DA]The DA calls on the African Union to mediate to ensure an end of bloody protests in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa, which has claimed the lives of 42 people.
Afcon - Two More to Qualify or Bite the Dust
[CAJ News]Malabo -WITH the two teams that have qualified for the Last Eight confirmed from Group A, focus shifts to Group B on Monday to ascertain the two sides that join hosts Equatorial Guinea and Congo to the next stage of the competition and the pair that will follow Burkina Faso and Gabon out of the Africa cup of Nations.
Compromise Electoral Law Adopted
[State Department]Press Statement
UN Allocates $100 Million From Emergency Fund to Bolster Relief Efforts in Poorly-Funded Crises
[UN News]Poorly-funded United Nations aid operations received a boost today when Valerie Amos, the UN's humanitarian chief, announced the allocation of $100 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to boost relief work in twelve countries in need.
Catholic Church Condemns Police Brutality, Urges for Peaceful Protests
[CISA]Kinshasa -The Catholic Church in the Democratic Republic of Congo has urged people to peacefully oppose President Kabila move to delay presidential elections until a census is held and further condemned police brutality against protesters, reported BBC.
Senate Alters Disputed Bill After Deadly Protests
[Deutsche Welle]DR Congo's Senate has amended a controversial bill which unleashed deadly protests and triggered concern that President Kabila would prolong his stay in office.
Ban Ki Moon Condemns DRC Violence, Calls for Dialogue
[New Times]UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon condemned the ongoing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a statement yesterday.
Anti-Kabila Protests Turn Violent
[Deutsche Welle]Western envoys in Kinshasa have urged the Senate of the Democratic Republic of Congo to rethink electoral law changes after three days of deadly protest. Rights groups put the toll at 42 killed; the government says 12.
DRC Halts Internet Access and Cellphone Services Amid Protests
[CPJ]New York -Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday shut down Internet access and SMS service for mobile phones throughout the country after nationwide demonstrations led to deadly clashes with police, according to news reports.